While sitting here writing about last night’s fantastic Rhone wine, I couldn’t wait to finish so I could move on to this Spanish Reserva. It absolutely blew me away from the word “Go”. Call me old-fashioned, but the New World wines just can’t compete with France, Spain and Italy for elegance, typicity, style and balance in general. Don’t get me wrong, I have drunk some real beauties from Cali, Australia, Chile, Argentina and South Africa- but when you get hold of a wine like the Beronia Reserva, you realize that these folks have been at it for a while and know grapes. The balance, smoothness, complexity and ageability of this wine reflect the care given to the grapes and the winemaker’s skill. My first impression on the nose was that this wine screams Tempranillo, the first taste confirmed it. Deft use of oak has aged this wine in barrel to give it smoothness and unobtrusive tannins. The length is decent, and the wine is starting to take on secondary flavors. With its backbone, it should last until 2020 at least, delivering great pleasure at a great price. QPR-wise this is a home run and should be sought out immediately. 5 stars, at least and if I were a pro: 92 points minimum. Enjoy!